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Cyrano de Bergerac Act V Character List.

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Nikesh Kumar 3/25/03 Period 3 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Act V Character List 1) Cyrano de Bergerac: Christian's death has a deep impact on Cyrano. Once Roxane's husband is killed, Cyrano knows he will never be able to tell her the truth about his love for her; neither will he be able to reveal the truth about the author of the love letters from Christian. He must let her continue to believe that her dead husband was the noble, witty, and passionate writer. No longer able to communicate his true feelings behind the mask of Christian, Cyrano must be content to make weekly visits to Roxane in the convent. It is obviously not enough to satisfy him. His condition deteriorates until he is poverty stricken and almost friendless. At the end of the play, Cyrano is injured by one of his enemies, who has a servant drop a log on his head. In spite of the injury, Cyrano comes for his weekly visit with Roxane, Knowing that he is dying, he asks her if he can see and read the letter that she carries near her heart; it is the love letter that she found on Christian's body after his death. As Cyrano reads the letter, it is clear that he is saying the words from memory. Roxane suddenly realizes that truth of the situation. Cyrano is the one with the noble and passionate thoughts and the author of the letters signed by Christian. Although Cyrano denies her accusations, she knows the truth and scolds Cyrano for not telling her sooner. She feels she has been deprived of the opportunity to love him. Cyrano says that her friendship has been enough. Cyrano dies an appropriate death. Although he bemoans the fact that he has not been dramatically felled by a sword, he dies nobly. Before he breathes his last breath, he stands up and gives his own epitaph, saying he has lived his life with great integrity. ...read more.

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I hurried on to join him. At the corner of the street, as he passed-Could it be an accident? I wonder! At the window overhead, a lackey with a heavy log of wood let it fall." 5) Le Bret: *Talking of Cyrano when he first enters, "Loneliness, misery, I told him so! His satires make a host of enemies-He attacks the false nobles, the false saints, the false heroes, the false artists-in short, everyone!"/ "It is not violence I fear for him, But solitude-poverty-old gray December, stealing on wolf's feet, with a wolf's green eyes, into his darkening room. Those bravos yet may strike our Swordsman down! Every day now, He draws his belt up one hole; his poor nose looks like old ivory; he has one coat left-his old black serge." Beginning of Act V- Speech Between Minor Characters (about Cyrano) Mother Marguerite: "More than ten years; ever since his cousin came to live among us here-Her worldly weeds among our linen veils, her widowhood and our virginity-like a black dove among white doves." Sister Marthe: "No one else ever turns that happy sorrow of hers into a smile." All nuns: "He is such fun. He makes is almost laugh. And he teases everyone and pleases everyone and we all love him and he likes our cake too." SM: "I am afraid he is not a good catholic." Sister Claire: "Some day we shall convert him." The nuns: "Yes-yes!" MM: "Let him be; I forbid you to worry him. Perhaps he might stop coming here." SM: But...God? MM: "You need not be afraid. God knows all about him." SM: "Yes... But every Saturday he says to me, Just as if he were proud of it: 'Well, Sister, I ate meat yesterday!'" MM: He tells you so? The last time he said that, he had not eaten anything, for two days. SM: Mother! MM: He is poor; very poor. SM: Who said so? MM: Monsieur Le Bret. SM: Why does not someone help him? ...read more.

Conclusion

Cyrano wants to know if the audience liked it, and the baker says that they laughed and laughed. Cyrano points out that his role in life is to inspire others and help others: Moliere has genius, Christian had good looks, and Cyrano is also doomed to be hidden beneath the balcony while someone else receives the kiss. It is definitely a reference to what he did for his friend, Christian. Cyrano points out that he may still not be there when Roxane returns because she was going to pray and the bell had rung. Roxane cries that he can't die and that she loves him. He knows his death is coming, and he compares his love for his cousin to the love between the beauty and the beast. Roxane takes guilt for his unhappiness, but Cyrano replies that he is grateful for her friendship. Le Bret answers that Cyrano's other friend is looking at you, as he points to the moon. Roxane realizes that Cyrano is close to his death and she cries out that "I never loved but one man in my life, And I have lost him-twice." Cyrano becomes delirious. He recites a cheerful jaunty poem about his life and subsequently falls back into a chair. Roxane breaks into sobs. Cyrano pushes himself up and says that he will not die lying down. He rises and, leaning against a tree, draws his sword. He says that he sees the skeleton of death "daring" to look at his nose. He begins to fight against invisible enemies, calling out their names. Cyrano declares that his enemies have taken all his laurels, but that in spite of them, when he meets God that night, he will carry one thing that no one can take away from him. Suddenly, he drops his sword and falls into the arms of Le Bret and Ragueneau. Roxane kisses him on the forehead and asks what immaculate thing he will take to heaven with him. As he dies, Cyrano opens his eyes and looks at her. He replies, "My white plume." ...read more.

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